Excerpt: I am quite taken by my (silver) Coolpix A. It's beautiful to the eye and in the hand. Its response and image quality are definitely above previous Coolpix cameras I've owned. Being small and light, and yet having core similarities to the D7000, the A seems capable of great images with little fuss. For me, this is the first camera giving results needing little or no correction for distortion, chromatic aberrations, color or exposure. The sharpness is surprising.
Summary: Bought it just as it got discontinued for ~$400. For this price it is a great buy, MSRP $1100, decent output to iso 3200, and has in camera raw processing, and flush syncs to 1/2000(from memory). But of course has not zoom, and not as compact as I would like it to be, need a pouch or a purse to carry it.
Summary: I own a D7100 and was looking for a perfect compact camera that can shoot like a DSLR. Been looking at the Coolpix A since the day it was launched. Sony RX100 was the other option. Being a Nikonite, was interested in the features of the Coolpix A. The f2.8 prime lens was the biggest catch for me. I love shooting in prime. This camera is not for everyone; you need to know how to adjust your settings manually.
Summary: A great discrete camera that's not awkward to bring to party, and still take great pictures at those venues (low light) where nearly all phone cameras fall short. Let's face it. It's a compact camera with APS-C sized CMOS inside. The fixed lens is quite up to the task (well some soft corners and flare control left some room for desire).
High Resolution and Close-up (Macro) Point and Shoot
29 November 2014
Summary: The price of the Nikon Coolpix A has been significantly reduced, making it a very good value for those who appreciate the combination of high resolution (an APS-C sensor), optical excellence, and a very small camera body. This camera also performs brilliantly as a macro device. The Pomeranian dog photo below was taken at a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second, an aperture of f/2.8, an ISO of 280, Auto White Balance, and Matrix Metering.
Great little box camera, the "A" is a Leica on the cheap!!!!
skunk ape, Amazon
23 August 2014
Summary: Very nice piece. Extremely sharp optic. Lens was was the fourth sharpest Nikon optic tested on DXO labs site. Very light and compact. Use it for backpacking. Took it into Shenandoah National Park. Up Old Rag, down into canyons w/ waterfalls. Great pics of bears w/ it. Combined w/ a Velbon UT-43D & a Gossen Luna Pro SBC it makes a very powerful and versatile photo kit. DSLR quality w/o the bulk. Plus the 28mm lens on this thing out performs the standard kit lenses.
Excerpt: I told my friend that there’s a reason why the Nikon Coolpix was on sale at the store when we went yesterday. Either nobody wants to buy it because it’s not that good, or because it’s overpriced. Well, I was right about the two.